Hello friends! We’re coming round to that time of the year when everyone heads down to Brighton, complains about how it could be sunnier, gets a bit drunk on the beach, and learns some cool things about video games! Develop Conference is here again and we have discounts for you, and a free pass giveaway for two lucky readers.
This year there are a bunch of great speakers, some cool workshops, the lovely expo, and of course, Hideo “Hide in a box” Kojima giving the keynote. You can use the code DEV16AF2 to get a 10% discount on tickets, and the lovely people at Tandem Events have also offered us 2 free 3-day passes to give away, worth over £500 each! To be in with a chance for a pass, leave a comment here on the post (don’t forget to include your email), or come along to the pub night on the 2nd May at The Crown, or the 18th at The Bank.
If you want to buy a ticket, there are currently still super early bird prices, but they end tonight (27th April).
Developers with unpublished games can also apply to show their game in the Indie Showcase, submissions close on the 19th May. There’s a lot of people wandering through here – developers, publishers, and the press – so it’s a good chance to show off your game.
You may well have heard of the rolling behemoth that is the PGC conference. If you’re interested in mobile dev, or are making a game for mobile platforms the conference is a major networking, showcasing and learning opportunity. And it’s right on your doorstep, here in London.
Pocket Gamer got in touch to offer a 25% discount to London Indies, you can get the discount by using this link. The conference runs from 18th – 19th January, so not long now. It promises to have a huge array of media in attendance, investors, other studios showing their games. They even have a talk on the Indiepocalypse, and how to survive it! Hopefully next year there’s a talk on how to survive talks on how to survive the Indiepocolypse.
You might find the I Love Indies expo area particularly interesting, if you want to check out new upcoming games, or exhibit yourself. The Very Big Indie Pitch also looks like fun – giving small devs a chance to pitch the next big thing, with prizes worth up to £7,000 for the best ideas.
INTEL are organising a day of talks, workshops, and a game showcase on the 8th December at Impact Hub in Westminister.
It sounds like an interesting event, with some good speakers, including our own Game Jam patriarch Gorm Lai, Intel gurus Leigh Davies and Costas Stylianou and ligbdx dev Tom Wojciechowski. If you want to show off your game you can submit it to their developer showcase, and otherwise you can turn up and (probably) get lots of very useful advice about cache misses, thread context switches and other technical sounding CPU stuff. I’m hoping for the announcement of some fancy new x86 instructions – like the rumoured MNCRFT – a single CPU instruction which creates and boots a Minecraft clone.
The event is free but if you plan to go you should register. All the details are on the INTEL Buzz Workshop site.
OMUK, a longstanding voice recording studio in North London are opening their doors to indies next Wednesday. It’s free to attend and they promise to give you a chance to meet voice actors, directors and producers, check out some of the latest facial mo-cap technology, and sit in on a recording session.
OMUK has done work for Telltale Games’ Game of Thrones adaptation, which if you played it, has really industry leading voice acting and mo-cap work. It should be a really interesting night and a chance to learn more about an area that is often neglected or left out in indie games.
Register on Eventbrite, the free event is on the 10th June.
Now in it’s 4th year, the London based adventure and narrative games conference, AdventureX, is coming up again. This year’s event will be held at London South Bank University, which also hosts yearly GameCamp unconferences and numerous IGDA events, as well of being home to some of the country’s best video games courses.
There are talks covering writing for games, surviving as a full-time developer, do’s and dont’s for making great adventure games, and lots more yet to be announced. The call for submissions is still open too, so if you have something you want to say about adventure games, then get in touch via the website. There will also be lots of upcoming and newly released adventure games on show, and again, slots are still available if you want to get involved yourself.
The event takes place on the 6th and 7th of December and is free to attend. Find directions on the conference homepage.
Are you trying to get funding for your game? Want to learn how to pitch to publishers? The Game Funding Forum is a half day conference in Shoreditch covering all aspects of funding your game. There will be investors attending the event and talks ranging from crowdfunding to applying for government grants.
The event takes place at Rich Mix in Shoreditch from 2pm onwards. Tickets are £150 but London Indies can get 20% off with the code GFFTE, saving £30.
Another quick note about our new Southern sister, Clapham Indies is moving location this month to The Bank on Northcoate Road in Battersea. The hope is this will become the “new regular” for the Third Wednesday of the Month Club. It all kicks off on Wednesday the 16th April from 6.30pm. More details on the Meetup page.
Pecha Kucha What?!
Pecha Kucha is a style of presentations where each speaker gets 20 slides and 20 seconds per slide. You will be enlightened in under 7 minutes and it is going to happen 12 times in one night! The confirmed speakers for the inaugural night are:
- Alan Zucconi
- Dave Evans
- Vegard Myklebust
- Richard Hoffmann
- Tom Flynn
- Nicoll Hunt
- Jake Birkett
- Cat Burton
- Gareth Briggs
- James Coote
- Joe Bain
- Holly Gramazio
Obviously there is a games theme, but the talks promise to range from the “intricacies of M. Bison’s moves in Street Fighter IV to what can be done to get more women involved in game development.” There you have it.
It’s all going down at the London Game Space at Scenario Bar in Dalston. The night kicks off at 7pm and will no doubt be a foot-stomping success. So come along, bring your friends, witness the explosion of elucidation.
More details are on the Meetup page.
The London Game Space had been up and running in for about a month now and events are already starting to happen there. A few weeks ago there was a Flappy Bird Jam, and back in February there was a Table Top Game Jam. Now, in just over a week, is the first MULTICLASH, a night dedicated to multiplayer video games.
The idea is for local devs to bring along local multiplayer games that they have made, either released, or in development. Then we all play them and drink some beers and have a right old time. If you have a game you want to bring along, tweet @DanMurdochMusic or @LondonGameSpace